Typically, when clients come to the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. with a train accident claim, they have one of two types of claims: passenger train claims or a freight train accidents. In either type, should you find yourself injured, it is important to contact an attorney immediately because very specific federal and state laws apply to train claims.
Train accidents in the northeast
Because Rhode Island is on the northeastern corridor between New York and Boston, passenger train travel is a way of life. It is quicker and cheaper than plane or car, so it makes sense. Typically, when we talk of passenger trains we are either talking about the national carrier, AmTrak or claims arising out of a local subway system.
How train accidents happen
While Providence does not have its own local rail system, Boston does, and many Providence and Rhode Island residents use that system on a regular basis. From those travels, any number of claims can occur. First, and most obviously, is the dreaded train crash or derailment. While these accidents do not occur often, they have happened on the Boston T line. The most usual types of injuries arising out of those accidents are head and neck issues. The reasons for these types of crashes are as varied as the passengers. Often the crash or derailment can be attributed to driver error, but often it can be a design defect on the tracks. In either case, the attorneys at the Resmini Law Firm have 50 years of experience in dealing with accidents. We have the expertise to investigate and determine the extent and value of your claim.
Accidents also occur on the national rail line, AmTrak, as well. But, because those trains are typically travelling at a much higher rate of speed, the injuries can be far more catastrophic. In these cases, because it is a national line, federal regulations are always involved, which makes the case far more complicated. Especially where those federal regulations are involved, specific time limitations apply that are far more strict than typical state claims. Therefore, should you or a loved one be involved in an AmTrak crash, it is absolutely vital that you contact an attorney immediately.
Freight train accidents
Finally, train accidents with freight trains typically involve crossings. These cases are almost always catastrophic, usually involving a death, because of the speed and size of a freight train. There are innumerable ways that someone can become injured in a freight train accident, but the most frequent involve faulty signals or inadequate safety controls.
Let us help
The Resmini Law Offices is a well-respected firm of personal injury lawyers in Providence completely dedicated to helping clients who are injured recover what is due. We are proud to have served clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida for 50 years. For more information, call us at (401) 751-8855 or toll free at 1-855-RESMINI. We would be happy to consult with you in our offices in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida, free of charge. Or, feel free to email us for a case evaluation on the home page of our website.